Best of 2014

Best of the Best

Best Horror Movie: The Babadook
Best Action Movie: The Raid 2
Best Comedy: 22 Jump Street
Best Black-Comedy: Housebound
Best Hidden Gem: The Guest
Best Mind-Bending Movie: Coherence
Best Mystery Movie: Gone Girl
Best Blockbuster: Guardians of the Galaxy
Best Biography Movie: Selma
Best Foreign Movie: Snowpiercer
Best Foreign Language Movie: Hide and Seek
Best Movie Released 10 Years Ago: The Incredibles
Worst Horror Movie: Life After Beth
Worst Comedy Movie: Dumb and Dumber To
Worst Movie of the Year: Transformers 4: Age of Extinction

Worst Movies of the Year

Annabelle - Clearly riding the coat tails of The Conjuring, the Annabelle doll did not need her own feature film. Just horror cliches left and right, which just so happens to feature a main character who is screaming every other second in the movie. The 15 minutes or so that the doll is featured in The Conjuring are far superior at creating a creepy doll story, then all 90 minutes of Annabelle. (3/10)

Tusk - A unique idea, ruined by its execution. Tusk has some thrilling/interesting moments, but they are spread too far out over the course of the film. Once the movie moves focus from the kidnapper and kidnappee, to his friends searching for him, the movie goes downhill drastically. The movie becomes a slow drama where characters talk for very long periods of time. (4/10)

Life After Beth - Just an empty movie from the opening scene to the end. The characters are terrible, as well as the story, which makes hardly any sense. The movie is neither scary nor funny, it features no heart or charm, just an empty experience all around. There is no life after Beth. (3/10)

Dumb and Dumber To - A sequel that is 20 years too late, this is something that should never have been made. The magic is all but gone, the actors try their best, but the characters they play are now completely unlikable versus being hilariously oblivious to their surrounds in the original film. The writers ruined two very funny characters by making them mean and relying too much on vulgar humor, which ultimately ruined the movie. (3/10)

Deliver Us From Evil - Another over done exorcism movie, which a skeptical main character (not to mention he is completely unlikable). Evil spends too much time being a police procedural than a horror/thriller to make it anything but boring. And, of course, the climax of the film is another lame exorcism, which we've seen done a million times before. Let this be a less to future filmmakers, police procedurals and exorcism movies don't mix! (4/10)

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction - Another tired entry in the Transformers film series by Michael Bay. This time around the Dinobots are supposed to be the main feature in the film, yet are given less than 15 minutes of screen time, lame. The story is a rehash of the first three, nothing new to see here, just mind-numbing action sequences. Transformers again makes the cardinal sin that the 3 previous films made, it focuses too much on the humans rather than the Transformers themselves. (3/10)

Best Hidden Gems Worth Seeking Out

The Drop - Though the movie doesn't feature anything we haven't seen before, the characters in the movie are very strong, specifically Tom Hardy's Bob. If you enjoy character-driven dramas with a touch of crime flair, this is for you. (7/10)

Blue Ruin - Probably the best movie you haven't heard of this year. The highlight of the movie has to be that it has a 'real life' vibe going for it, from it's grounded action scenes to the motives behind the vengeance, it never oversteps its boundaries and becomes too unrealistic. This shows revenge as a bloody mess and not everyone is capable of carrying it out. (8/10)

The Signal - A very low budget, sci-fi movie with lots of ideas being thrown around. Though the movie becomes a tad predictable, the ending is one of the most ambitious of recent memory. But again, if sci-fi is your genre and your expectations aren't too high, you should find some enjoyment here with it's many twists and turns. (6/10)

Housebound - One of the best black comedies of recent memory, this is one of the most fun movies of the year. The movie perfectly balances the comedy and horror genres, switching back and forth between the two flawlessly. If you enjoyed Tucker & Dale vs Evil, this is something you are sure to enjoy. (8/10)

Honeymoon - Another small entry in the horror genre worthy of being mentioned. My main problem with the movie was the 1st third of the film, the couple is so over the top with their affection towards one another, it's almost unbearable. But once the wife disappears and reappears and the mystery is established, the tension is through the roof, make sure not to give up too early. (6/10)

Cheap Thrills - A very interesting dark comedy with the root of all evil at its core, money. Two individuals are asked to complete challenges for money, though I wish the movie would have featured a few more challenges, the ones presented are quite realistic and really gets you thinking about if you were put in their shoes. (8/10)

Big Bad Wolves - A murder mystery/thriller with quite of a bit of style mixed in, this Quentin Tarantino's favorite film of 2013 (2014 US release). The cinematography is great and with a story that relies more on tension than action, the movie becomes a solid thriller. (7/10)

Hide and Seek - An interesting mystery thriller coming from South Korea. Though it doesn't reach the heights of other South Korean films, the mystery narrative and creep factor are high enough to give this one a chance. (7/10)

Borgman - Holy Ambiguity! This is a very, very abstract work coming from the Dutch. It's about a vagrant imposing his will on an unsuspecting family and the results are downright creepy. Though the movie might be too slow for most people's taste and the ending slightly anticlimactic, if you enjoy artsy movies, then look no further! (5/10)

Coherence - I might have to say that this movie is one of the most mind-bending movies I have ever seen (right up there with Triangle & Timecrimes). An ultra-low budget movie revolving around a mysterious comet that warps the space-time continuum for a group of family members. If you enjoy puzzling movies that messes with your mind, where every little detail counts, then check this out immediately! (7/10)

The Guest - Probably the 'coolest' movie of the year (sorry Guardians of the Galaxy), The Guest is a stylish, thrill ride! The movie starts off with a somewhat familiar story, but then moves in a very different direction as the movie progresses (which is a good thing). Not to mention this movie has one of the best soundtracks of the year, very interesting pieces that gives the movie an 80s vibe. (9/10)

My Top 5 Movies Of The Year

5. The Babadook - Not only the best horror movie of the year, The Babadook is also one of the years best. The psychological layers of the movie makes it something more than just another run of the mill horror movie. The deep, emotional layers the movie touches on is fantastic, they completely boost the movie to new heights. Though the movie is proving to be the most polarizing movie of the year (people either hate it or love it), I firmly think it's one of the best horror movies in years. Just remember, you can't get rid of The Babadook! [Full Review]
4. Nightcrawler - Jake Gyllenhaal gives his best performance to date as Lou Bloom, a devilishly creepy sociopath, easily deserving an Oscar nomination. The themes in the movie about our media obsessed societies are downright brilliant, if it bleeds, it leads. Blurring the lines between violence and what is and what isn't socially acceptable news, the movie begs people not to look away. The only downside to the movie is it's final minutes, but that doesn't make it any less great. Nightcrawler is a dark and delightfully creepy movie with a powerful lead. [Full Review]
3. The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson is one of the most talented directors in the world, and his style is instantly recognizable. Budapest might be his best film to date, it certainly is his most stylish. The acting is strong and the production design is gorgeous, it's very hard not to admire the style here. Of all the movies released this year, Budapest's style pushes the movie to a higher level, it doesn't just support the movie, it makes the movie. There is hardly a single flaw in the movie, from acting to writing, it's damn near a masterpiece. [Full Review]
2. Gone Girl - Having not read the book, I went into this movie blind and was completely blown away. There have only been a handful of movies where I was on the edge of my seat the entire movie, and this is one of them. Every aspect of the movie is perfect, Rosamund Pike deserves an Oscar for her performance, Trent Reznor's score is the best of the year, and Fincher's style and storytelling abilities brings the movie full circle. It doesn't get much better than this! [Full Review]
1. Snowpiercer - My favorite movie of the year, the long awaited movie by Bong Joon-ho didn't let me down. The amount of style and skill that was put into this movie is amazing, it truly is one of a kind. BJH creates an entire world within a train and fills it with compelling characters. Snowpiercer also features my favorite monologue of the year, the story of Curtis's first month on the train. This is what every science fiction movie should be, original and emotionally compelling. [Full Review]